SA ready to play host to world’s largest aviation forum
The global trade event would see around 3,000 aviation professionals from 300 airlines, 700 airports and 130 tourism authorities gather to discuss and develop new aviation routes and strategies.
“This is a unique opportunity for Australia and also South Australia to take centre stage and have the biggest players in world aviation in our own backyard,” said Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham..
“By hosting this conference, we’ll be front of mind when the biggest aviation companies have discussions about new air routes or expanding capacity on existing routes.
“Whilst international aviation capacity to Australia now exceeds 25 million seats per year, further increasing this capacity will only strengthen and help sustain our tourism industry in the long run.”
Speaking from China’s Guangzhou at the official handover, South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the conference is expected to inject more than $20 million into the state’s visitor economy and would be an opportunity for South Australia to showcase why it is a growing destination of choice for international travellers.
“There have been good recent signs for SA with Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and China Southern all putting on additional Adelaide services and Singapore Airlines also upgrading its Adelaide aircraft to the next-generation Airbus, but we need to keep the momentum going,” Ridgway said.
The World Routes 2019 conference will take place from September 21 to 24 and will be jointly hosted by the South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide Airport, the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Tourism Australia.